Wednesday 20 June 2018

Mindful moment… Smile and the world smiles with you

A smile conveys warmth.
A smile conveys warmth.

Harvard Professor Amy Cuddy is an expert in body language. Her TED talk on the subject, which is available online, has been watched more than 30 million times.

In her new book, Presence, she has some unusual tips about how to prepare for a job interview or giving a speech, including this one: Amy says when people meet us, they judge us on two things, warmth and competence. Warmth means, do I like this person, can I trust this person? Competence means, will they do the job? Perhaps surprisingly, the most important thing, even in a job interview, is that people warm to you and trust you. From an evolutionary perspective it is more crucial to our survival to know whether a person deserves our trust. Only then will they consider whether you are competent.

So how do you convey warmth? By smiling. It's that simple.

Before you go to an interview or give a talk, watch a bit of comedy or chat to a funny friend - anything that will help you turn that frown upside down.

* Marianne Power is the author of

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